This time, the nanny is American, from Northern Virginia in fact, where she founded Happy Home Child Learning Centers.
These nanny shows are more of a guilty pleasure for me than pretty much any other program. I harbor no fantasies of dancing in skintight sequins or crooning like a diva or cooking deliciously in a half-hour (or in any time frame). I do, though, wish I could parent like a reality star. It’s addictive to imagine that household harmony is just a Naughty Step away.
Which is why I found myself asking Tillman for a sneak peek of her techniques. Her response (below), bullet-pointed for easy pasting to the fridge, looks simple enough. Surely some readers will find it blindingly obvious. I embrace it as a plan to turn her reality into my own.
From Deborah Tillman, the star of “America’s Supernanny”:
• Praise and encourage positive behavior
• Set clear guidelines and expectations
• Implement consistent consequences for choosing negative behavior
• Ask yourself “What lesson am I trying to teach my child?”
My Discipline Techniques
Calm Down Corner: This is my fundamental discipline technique that works for children between 2 and 8 years [old]. It’s a way to train and teach your child that there are consequences when a house rule is broken.
Lose What You Like: This is my fundamental discipline technique that works for children over 8 years old. It teaches children that you will lose something that YOU value when a house rule is broken.
My Parenting Rules
• Provide routine and structure for children
• Model the behavior you want
• Cling to consistency
• Follow through
• Be responsible and accountable
What do you think? Good advice? Obvious advice? Would you be a better Supernanny?